September/October 2010

Cover Story

The Main Reason: They upend the power structure to give people at the bottom a better chance.


Trinity University found the future of education -- hiding in its own neighborhood.
Insights on being the first in the family to graduate from college.


Why do so many try to lighten the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech?
Looking forward after Katrina and the BP spill.
The moral implications of our growing debt burden.


Politicians can't help it when they lie.
Soldiers are dying for a failed, arrogant, theologically unjust, and immoral war policy.
College campuses have been in the vanguard of most major social movements.
In the DRC, soldiers use women's bodies as a battlefield.

Culture Watch

Consider All the Works
Is Sabbath only for the privileged few -- or for all of us?
Comedian Omid Djalili on being funny about faith.
The ArchAndroid, by Janelle Monáe, Atlantic Records.
George Lucas may have had a role in my childhood, but it's not up to him to tell my story for me.
A school claims video games help students learn to "manage complexity." But will they understand culture?


I live in Los Angeles and work among progressively minded folks (Jesus-following and not). During and since the Proposition 8 vote, I have found a great deal of secular commentary on gay marriage.
September 2010: 'Come, Rejoice With Me'; October 2010: The Nature of Faith
It is sad to me that Jim Wallis’ editorial on the Arizona immigration law (“Is Christian Ministry Illegal in Arizona?” July 2010) said nothing about reconciliation.
In her generally fine article, Lisa Sowle Cahill states, “euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is not an acceptable answer to the stress of human death.”
No, nothing, she says, that is not God’s, and we approach a crow ripping the entrails of a truck-crushed fox, and the crow flees
I very much appreciated “The Art of Dying” by Lisa Sowle Cahill (June 2010).

Web Extra

In the September-October issue, Danny Duncan Collum cuts through paranoid misrepresentations of community organizing to the quiet, hopeful truth: Congregation-based organizing groups are helping pe